When Oregon voters last month voted to increase state lottery proceeds for veterans services, but voted down tax increases on large corporations, it set up the perfect storm for Governor Kate Brown. And it showed up in her proposed state budget that starts in June of next year.
While the voter passage of Measure 96 gave veterans services a 40% increase in revenue from the lottery, Governor Brown, facing one of the weakest state budgets in decades – worsened by the failure of the corporate tax increase – Brown pulled previous state support for veterans services bringing them back to where they were before the November election that triggered the bump up in lottery funds.
The people giveth, the Governor taketh away.
Governor Brown is facing a huge demand to increase funding for Oregon school children, a transportation dilemma with many Oregon roads and highways in critical condition and an elephant in the room that has set up housekeeping – a PERS retirement system $22 billion in the hole.
Still Oregon veterans services providers are livid. Here’s the story in the Oregonian. Click here.